Saturday, December 17, 2005

 

This is rich, even for Bush

Talk about biting the hand that fed you!
Bush attacks paper for jeopardizing national security

In acknowledging the message was true, President Bush took aim at the messenger Saturday, saying that The New York Times jeopardized national security by revealing that he authorized wiretaps on U.S. citizens after September 11. The president said he allowed the NSA "to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda." Publishing details of the program "damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk," Bush said.
Bush is angry at the New York Times - which, if it were still the courageous newspaper of the 1970s - when it published the Pentagon Papers despite Nixon's arguments that doing so would jeopardize national security - sound familiar? - would have published this story when it first got it over a year ago, possibly dooming Bush's re-election. Bush owes his second term to the Times's cowardice. Now that they finally got at least some of their guts back, is he in the least bit thankful for their unwarranted year-long forbearance? Of course not. Spoiled brats are never grateful, since they take their privilege for granted. They earned it, dammit.
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